Wall Mounted Clamp Racks

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 01-31-2010 03:45 PM 29234 views 28 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some time I’ve been wanting to organize my clamps and replace the triangular tool rack that I built a long time ago (see last photo). I had some wall space so I came up with this simple design. They are nothing more than 4 strips of plywood glued back to back, except, the last piece was cut at 45 degrees lengthwise and only 1/2 of it is glued to the main board. The other half is screwed into the studs of the wall and the main board hangs on it as a french cleat. French cleats are incredibly strong and they have the advantage of having the hanging item being removable. All slits are ~1.625” deep, but, the first rack has 3/8” slits spaced every two inches (1st picture) and the second rack has 1/4” slits spaced every inch (2nd & 3rd & 4th picture). The two sizes allow for varying clamp sizes. Clamps sit securely in the slits without having to operate the clamp as a grip. The height to which they were mounted was dictated by the maximum length of clamps that I own. The smaller clamp rack was mounted under my hand planes cabinet but still has sufficient height for the smaller clamps. All slits were cut with a table saw sled using successive cuts with a standard blade. A dado would have made the job easier.

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 04:29 PM

I think I am missing some brains this morning.

3 strips of plywood (I assume 3/4”) glued back to back. I got it until there…

Then the fourth piece cut 45 degrees lengthwise and only 1/2 glued? Are you saying your french cleat is based on a 3/4 inch piece of plywood on the bottom half and the whole part holding the clamps is removable, sort of sliding off the top, and not attached? If you say yes, then I get it.

I am amazed it’s strong enough.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 04:37 PM

mtkate -
yes you got it exactly. It is very strong because the cleat is the entire length which both spreads the load and is based on long grain to long grain glue up.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 04:42 PM

I’ll give this one a try. My clamps are all over the place… tsk tsk.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:48 PM

Looks nice, having everything organized that way. I really like how you have your collection of planes displayed too.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 05:36 PM

Neat and organized…....something I lack….....good job

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 05:42 PM

Nice…. I had to build a clamp rack on hinges due to shop being on the small side. Nice collection of planes as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 06:20 PM

wow looks great a nice aray of clamps too

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 08:07 PM

Very nice! Your shop pics are awesome! great space to work and be in.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 09:07 PM

Nice build and great organization. You have to admit, this was just showing off, LOL. Do you have part ownership in Bessy? I’m jealous and in awe all at the same time. Great looking project, I really like to mobile stand. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 09:14 PM

Smart design. We used a similar set up but not quite as “neat” as we have an over abundance of odd and ends of tools and other whole/partial sets from years of collecting. (Maybe it’s time to purge, but who can throw away a tool?) I do need to redo the spacing bar on the clamps so they don’t bump each other as I clamp my canes while they hang, but for now it’s working.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 10:31 PM

Looks really good, and I love that cabinet for the hand planes!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#13 posted 02-01-2010 04:16 AM

wow, looks like a bunch of soldiers lining up… well done… can never have too many clamps…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 02-01-2010 04:34 AM

Wow, those are some clean clamps :)

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#15 posted 02-01-2010 04:05 PM

Look at all those clamps.. Well done on the clamp rack.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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